Horse with rider

Horse with rider
First third of the 20th century. Horse with rider. Campiña de Guadalajara, maker unknown. Photo by José Antonio Alonso Ramos © Archivo Escuela Provincial de Folklore

Horse with rider

This horse with rider is a mechanical toy. Children pulled a string fixed to the front which caused two movements, one of traction due to the four wheels on the horse with rider, and another of rotation as there were small joints in the arms and legs of the rider and the legs of the horse. This gave the impression that the rider was riding.

A toy horse made of painted wood with wheels and a perforation of the head through the eyes so that a string could be attached for pulling. It was discovered during archaeological digs in Karanis, Egypt, and dates back to between the 1st and 4th centuries of the common era.

This toy deepens the relationship between humans and horse, which dates back to virtually the beginning of records. We must not forget cave paintings, for example, and how they evolve both in shape and over time to adapt to different periods with many variations –rocking horses, wheeled horses for riding, smaller toys to play with- and all made of different materials, depending on whether it was for company, for group activities or individual use.